Until recently a lot of Moscow has had an out of date, antiquated,
phone system. Luckily this has changed as much of Moscow has been
brought up to date these last few years with a consistent and good
quality city wide service. A lot of the hotels and even many public
phones have direct dialing to anywhere in the world. Unfortunately
not all private homes have this function, most are limited to local
As well as an upgrade in phone communications there has also been
a dramatic increase in magazines, newspapers and television channels.
The only communication system that has remained lacking is the postal
system. A tour
to Moscow allows you to witness some of the beautifully designed
buildings that are used for communication such as the Romanesque-inspired
facade of Moscow's grand main post office.
Telephone services are very popular among Moscow, Comstar satellite
phone boxes (blue colored) are installed in airports, hotel foyers,
business centers and restaurants. They accept two types of payment,
phone cards and credit cards. These can be found and bought in any
major hotel, restaurant or club but they are expensive.
Moscow's local system is a lot cheaper and it is still possible
to call another country. The Moscow state telephone network (MITC),
white and blue card phones located across Moscow streets and metros,
provides this cheap alternative of communication. Calls made from
MITC are cheaper between 10 pm and 8 am on weekdays and at all the
hours of the weekend.
Moscow's leading English daily newspaper, The Moscow Times, is
printed and published from Tuesday to Saturday. It covers all the
important topics of foreign and domestic news and it is also known
for its Friday listing of the current exhibits and events taking
place in the city. Further information is on travel site www.tourtorussia.com.au
There are many postal services in Moscow, one of which is the Main
Post Office. Post offices such as this sell basic and commemorative
Russian stamps, envelopes, postcards and phone cards. The smaller
post offices in Moscow are marked with "pochta" and are more restricted
in the services they offer. These are found scattered around the
centre of the city. You can identify a "pochta" building by the
large glass windows and the blue boxes outside the building. Local
post functions quickly but when it comes to international posting
its best avoided due to how slow the process is.
If you would like to get a better understanding of how Russian
communication works and at the same time learn a bit about Russia's
history why not take the trans-Siberian
railway directly to Moscow.